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Come and Meet Suzelle at these Launches of Suzelle DIY: The Book - Because Anybody Can!

It’s the moment you have been waiting for!

Human & Rousseau is excited to announce these opportunities to meet South Africa’s favourite DIY diva, Suzelle!

During the month of October Suzelle will be visiting bookshops in Johannesburg and Cape Town, making an appearance at the Atterbury Theatre in Pretoria and dining at the Dros in Tyger Valley to launch her first book.

Keep an eye on this article as we will be updating it with more information as it comes through.

Don’t miss these launches of SuzelleDIY: The Book and SuzelleDIY: Die boek:

SuzelleDIY: The BookSuzelleDIY

Rosebank Mall


Love Books

  • Date: Thursday, 15 October 2015
  • Time: 6 for 6:30 PM
  • Venue: Love Books
    The Bamboo Lifestyle Centre
    53 Rustenburg Road
    Johannesburg | Map
  • RSVP: Love Books,, 011 726 7408 (RSVP essential, seats are limited)


Atterbury Theatre


Western Cape
The Book Lounge


V&A Waterfront




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Image courtesy of the Suzelle DIY Facebook page, taken by Adriaan Oosthuizen

Brekfis met Derrich en Adelie bekendgestel op Solms Delta (Foto's, video en ’n voorsmakie)

Brekfis met Derrich en AdelieBrekfis met Derrich en Adelie het pas op Naledi se rakke verskyn.

Dié volkleur resepteboek bevat al die gunstelingresepte van Gardener en Ludik soos gehoor op die RSG-program, Brekfis met Derrich. Dit is saamgestel deur die Institute of Culinary Arts (ICA) onder leiding van Letitia Prinsloo en Inemari Rabie.

RSG-aanbieders Johan Rademan en Martelize Brink het by die bekendstelling op Solms Delta met die sjefs gesels, en Kurt Darren was die gaskunstenaar.

RSG (@zarsg) en Darren (@KurtOfficial) het vanaf die geleentheid getwiet:

Loer na nog foto’s van die bekendstelling:





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RSG het ‘n paar uittreksels uit Brekfis met Derrich en Adelie op hul webblad gedeel. Loer na die inhoudsopgawe en ‘n resep vir hawermoutstafies:


Waarvoor wag jy? Kry nou jou eksemplaar van Brekfis met Derrich en Adelie. Kyk na die video as jy nog nie oortuig is nie:



Join Ashwin Desai and Goolam Vahed for the Launch of The South African Gandhi: Stretcher-Bearer of Empire in Durban

The South African Gandhi: Stretcher-Bearer of EmpireIke’s Books and Collectables and Adams Books are excited to invite you to the launch of The South African Gandhi: Stretcher-Bearer of Empire by Ashwin Desai and Goolam Vahed.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was lauded by both Nelson Mandela and Albert Einstein as an inspiring figure in world history and freedom fighter. But was he really the Mahatma that Mandela and Einstein believed he was? Desai and Vahed have a different story to tell.

In The South African Gandhi, the authors reveal a man who, throughout his stay on African soil, stayed true to Empire while showing a disdain for Africans.

Come and listen to this different take on the historical figure at Ike’s on Friday, 2 October, at 5:30 for 6 PM.

Don’t miss it!

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About the book

In the pantheon of freedom fighters, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi has pride of place. His fame and influence extend far beyond India and are nowhere more significant than in South Africa. “India gave us a Mohandas, we gave them a Mahatma,” goes a popular South African refrain. Contemporary South African leaders, including Mandela, have consistently lauded him as being part of the epic battle to defeat the racist white regime.

The South African Gandhi focuses on Gandhi’s first leadership experiences and the complicated man they reveal — a man who actually supported the British Empire. Desai and Vahed unveil a man who, throughout his stay on African soil, stayed true to Empire while showing a disdain for Africans. For Gandhi, whites and Indians were bonded by an Aryan bloodline that had no place for the African. Gandhi’s racism was matched by his class prejudice towards the Indian indentured. He persistently claimed that they were ignorant and needed his leadership, and he wrote their resistances and compromises in surviving a brutal labour regime out of history. The South African Gandhi writes the indentured and working class back into history.

The authors show that Gandhi never missed an opportunity to show his loyalty to Empire, with a particular penchant for war as a means to do so. He served as an Empire stretcher-bearer in the Boer War while the British occupied South Africa, he demanded guns in the aftermath of the Bhambatha Rebellion, and he toured the villages of India during the First World War as recruiter for the Imperial army. This meticulously researched book punctures the dominant narrative of Gandhi and uncovers an ambiguous figure whose time on African soil was marked by a desire to seek the integration of Indians, minus many basic rights, into the white body politic while simultaneously excluding Africans from his moral compass and political ideals.

About the authors

Ashwin Desai is Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Johannesburg.

Goolam Vahed is Associate Professor in the History, Society, and Social Change Cluster of the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

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Join Bridget Pitt at Love Books for the Launch of Notes From the Lost Property Department

Invitation to the launch of Notes From the Lost Property Department

Notes From the Lost Property DepartmentPenguin Random House and Love Books invite you to the launch of Bridget Pitt’s latest novel, Notes From the Lost Property Department.

Pitt will be chatting to the ever-wonderful and always sharp-witted Aspasia Karras, editor of Marie Claire.

The event will take place at Love Books in Melville, on Wednesday, 7 October, at 6 for 6:30 PM.

Don’t miss it!

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  • Date: Wednesday, 7 October 2015
  • Time: 6:00 PM for 6:30 PM
  • Venue: Love Books
    The Bamboo Lifestyle Centre
    53 Rustenburg Road
    Johannesburg | Map
  • Refreshments: Refreshments will be served
  • RSVP: Love Books,, 011 726 7408

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Alexandra Fuller to Discuss Memoirs and Writing at the Rolston Recital Hall in Banff, Canada

Leaving Before The Rains ComeAlexandra Fuller, author of Leaving Before The Rains Come and a number of other note-worthy memoirs, will be giving a presentation on Memoir and Writing in Canada this month.

Fuller’s presentation forms part of the Banff Centre Talks series. The event will be on Wednesday, 7 October, at 7:30 PM at the Rolston Recital Hall at the Banff Centre.

There is no cost for this event; patrons are requested to give what they can.

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  • Date: Wednesday, 7 October 2015
  • Time: 7:30 PM
  • Venue: Rolston Recital Hall
    The Banff Centre
    107 Tunnel Mountain Drive
    Canada | Map

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Catching Fire for Cricket: South Africa's Greatest Batsmen by Ali Bacher and David Williams Launched at Newlands

Ali Bacher and David Williams

The latest book that will have all cricket enthusiasts (whether players, coaches, armchair fans or scholars) in a fever is the rather fabulous South Africa’s Greatest Batsmen: Past and Present, co-authored by Ali Bacher and David Williams. The book was recently launched in Cape Town in the company of a number of cricketing greats.

David WilliamsSouth Africa's Greatest BatsmenThe event took place at the Presidential Suite of the Newlands Cricket Stadium, where cricketing heroes Barry Richards and Gary Kirsten shared their recollections of their days as batsmen. The audience was kept intrigued by the tales of sporting derring-do on and off the field, on home turf and on foreign.

Also seen at the celebration were historian and academic, Andre Odendaal, who co-authored The Blue Book: a History of Western Province Cricket, 1890 – 2011, and Nabeal Dien, (WPCA), who took over from Odendaal as the CEO of the Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA) and Western Cape Cricket.

Williams started the proceedings by welcoming esteemed guests to the celebration. He paid tribute to the many excellent people who had made the publication possible, starting with the remarkable contribution of a man not known to many in the room: Krish Reddy. He brought to the pages of South Africa’s Greatest Batsmen some little known facts about the black players who made the contributions to the sport’s history.

“The records are dodgy and intermittent,” said Williams, “a few magazines, sometimes an annual. Unequivocally, Reddy chose Frank Roro and Ahmed Deedat. There’s no doubt they’d have come through to shine were there not apartheid that kept them in obscurity.”

Williams recalled his own experience of “suddenly catching fire” for the sport while listening to Charles Fortune broadcasting ball-by-ball accounts of the Australian and England tours of the 1960s on short-wave radio. “I was hooked in December 1966 in the first test against Bobby Simpson’s Australia,” he said.

He shared his own dismal cricket performance, managing to be the only person on the Clifton College, Bristol, staff eleven to sustain batting average of nought for an entire season. This qualified him to say, with personal authority, that “batting is difficult!”

The writing duo Bacher and Williams previously wrote Jacques Kallis and 12 Other Great South African All Rounders. Their first book, which launched at Wynberg Boys High School in 2013, focused on cricket all rounders.

Ali Bacher“Ali and I were saying that this book should catch the imagination because batsmen, ultimately, catch the imagination. You get one chance as a batsman. You make one mistake and you’re gone. You come in and there are 11 people against you. There’s no other sport where this happens. In no other sport is there pressure on one individual like there is on the batsmen in cricket,” Williams said.

Referring to the chapter on Barry Richards, he said, “If you’re opening the batting as well, the pressure is enormous. If someone at the other end of the wicket is trying to run you out by default, there are twelve people against you. Another two are the umpires, if they’re hostile.”

Ali Bacher recalled various exciting and amusing anecdotes, reminding folk of the first days of Gary Kirsten’s 11 year career, which started when he replaced an injured Brian McMillan in Australia in the World Series. Kirsten enlarged on his own experiences of that particular game, where he was bowled out for 69 – still their lowest one-day score – on a deathbed pitch at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Barry Richards also took his turn at the microphone, reminiscing about his career in cricket.

Williams concluded the splendid discussion with an extract from John Arlott’s poem to John Berry Hobbs on his seventieth birthday in 1952:

How many men whose names you never knew
Are proud to tell their sons they saw you play
They share the sunlight of your summer day
Of thirty years; and they, with you, recall
How, through those well-wrought centuries, your hand
Reshaped the history of bat and ball.

Those who know the thrill of this game will utterly delight in this book that pays tribute to the men who stood out in the history of the game in this country. It’s a beautiful book that will appeal to all who have loved, played or watched this inherently poetic game. A number of people in the audience were eager to pose for photographs with the cricketing giants after the formalities were over.

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Liesl Jobson (@LieslJobson) tweeted live from the event using the hashtag #livebooks:


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